Russia hits back by expelling 23 British diplomats
Further measures threatened amid fallout from Salisbury nerve agent attack
Moscow said it was ordering the closure of the British Council in Russia and ending an agreement to reopen the British consulate in St Petersburg. Photograph: Getty
Russia’s government is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.
It ordered the diplomats to leave within a week.
The statement said the government could take further measures if Britain takes any more “unfriendly” moves toward Russia.
They remain in critical condition in hospital. – AP